Teleradiology Companies providing Teleradiology Solutions
Teleradiology companies provide teleradiology services and teleradiology solutions for hospitals all over the world. Teleradiology is the transmission of radiological patient images, such as x-rays, CTs, and MRIs, from one location to another for the purposes of sharing studies with other radiologists and physicians. Teleradiology companies consist of radiologists usually located in a city separate from where the patient is being imaged, interpreting scan results for that patient. These radiologists are called teleradiology specialists. Various companies exist that provide teleradiology solutions and teleradiology services for hospitals. Teleradiology services are often provided for hospitals overnight as the normal radiologists who usually interpret studies in that hospital are not present overnight. One of the advantages of teleradiology companies is that they can provide radiology interpretive services all over the world at all hours. Euro-American Teleradiology is one such company that provides teleradiology solutions to countries all over Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Teleradiology solutions are provided to hospitals in Peru, Colombia, Egypt, Iran, Latvia, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Cambodia Uganda, Kenya, Jordan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia among other countries.
Teleradiology companies are growing in size and number given that imaging procedures are growing approximately 15% annually against an increase of only 2% in the radiologist population. Teleradiology specialists are often recruited by these teleradiology companies to fill this growing need for imaging interpretation. Teleradiology specialsits can provide sub-specialty interpretations when no such sub-specialist is present locally. For example, these teleradiology specialists are often sub-specialty trained neuroradiologists, pediatric radiologists, or musculoskeletal radiologists. These subspecialty radiologists are generally only located in large metropolitan areas working during daytime hours. Teleradiology allows for trained teleradiology specialists to be available 24/7, providing teleradiology solutions for less experienced radiologists or hospitals that do not have overnight radiology coverage.
Teleradiology companies provide teleradiology services by utilizing standard network technologies such as the internet, telephone lines, wide area network, local area network (LAN) and computer clouds. Teleradiology services are provided through specialized software which transmits the images from the CT scans, MRI machines, Ultrasound machines or x-ray machines through the network to the teleradiology specalist’s computer. The teleradiology specialist can effectively analyze what can be hundreds of images for a given study. Technologies such as advanced graphics processing, voice recognition, and image compression are often used by teleradiology specialists. Specifically, tleradiology companies utilize one of many PACS servers and DICOM viewing software. Through teleradiology and mobile DICOM viewers, images can be sent to another part of the hospital, or to other locations around the world.
Teleradiology specialists can provide a Preliminary Read for emergency room cases and other emergency cases or a Final Read for the official patient record and for use in billing. Therefore teleradiology companies not only can provide interpretive services by teleradiology specialists but also administrative and billing services. Preliminary Reports include all pertinent findings as well as phone call by the teleradiology specialist for any critical findings. For some teleradiology services, the turnaround time is extremely rapid with a 30-minute standard turnaround and expedited for critical and stroke studies. Other teleradiology services, such as those provided for outpatient studies such as knee MRIs, can be done in longer periods of time. Teleradiology companies can provide both final annd preliminary reads or specialize on only one. can also be tailored towards providing final reports for emergency and non-emergency studies. Final reports include all findings and require access to prior studies and all relevant patient information for a complete diagnosis. One of the most important roles of teleradiology specialists is providing phone calls to the ordering physician with any critical findings, a sign of quality services. Teleradiology Preliminary or Final Reports can be provided for all doctors and hospitals overflow studies. Teleradiology can be available for intermittent coverage as an extension of practices and will provide patients with the highest quality care.
Some companies provide both local and teleradiology solutions. Teleradiology services is one of the things that makes radiology a unique part of medical practice. It is difficult to do a physical exam or patient interview remotely in real time. However, teleradiology services can be provided remotely much more easily. This is why teleradiology companies have flourished over the past several decades, providing teleradiology solutions to both large and small hospitals, both within the United States and throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.